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Blinken Affirms US Commitment to Collaborate with South Korea Against North Korea’s Provocations

Credits: Rolling Stone

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed the commitment of the US to work closely with South Korea in responding firmly to provocations from North Korea. This assurance came following North Korea’s firing of multiple short-range ballistic missiles towards its eastern waters.

Secretary Blinken made these remarks during a meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on the sidelines of the third Summit for Democracy hosted by South Korea.

Blinken (Credits: RFE/RL)

The Summit for Democracy, initiated by US President Joe Biden, brings together government officials, NGOs, and civil society members and aims to promote democratic values and cooperation.

Blinken emphasized the importance of continued coordination and communication between the US and South Korea, as well as the strengthening of “extended deterrence,” which includes the full range of military capabilities to defend South Korea.

President Yoon welcomed Blinken and highlighted the recent high-level exchanges between the two countries, underscoring the strength of the alliance, which he described as a “global comprehensive strategic alliance.”

Blinken (Credits: The Times of Israel)

North Korea’s missile launches into its eastern waters came amidst the conclusion of 10 days of large-scale annual joint military drills between the US and South Korea. Pyongyang has historically condemned such military exercises, viewing them as preparations for invasion.

During the Summit for Democracy, Blinken emphasized the importance of technology in supporting democratic values and norms, particularly in the face of authoritarian regimes’ efforts to undermine democracy using technology.

South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul echoed these sentiments, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges posed by AI and digital technologies in the context of democratic engagement.

Following the ministerial conference, Blinken and Cho will hold separate discussions on various issues of mutual concern, including the situation on the Korean Peninsula. This meeting follows their recent one-on-one talks in Washington late last month.

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